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Authorities confirm arrest of Alfredo Beltrán Guzman, was behind August kidnapping of ‘El Chapo’s’ sons

December 12, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities confirm arrest of Alfredo Beltrán Guzman, was behind August kidnapping of ‘El Chapo’s’ sons

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Authorities in Mexico confirmed the capture of young up-and-coming Mexican narco, Alfredo Beltrán Guzman also known as ‘El Mochomito,’ who officials believe is behind the ransacking of the home of the mother of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’, along with the kidnapping of his two sons back in August.

The head of Mexico’s National Security Commission (CNS), Renato Sales Heredia, confirmed to Mexican news outlets the arrest of Alfredo Beltrán Guzman.

The “narco junior,” who authorities identify as one of the leaders of the Beltrán-Leyva cartel, was captured on Friday at a barber shop during an operation in the town of Ciudad Granja, located in the municipality of Zapopan, Jalisco, while he was accompanied by a personal contingent of bodyguards.

Alfredo Beltran-Guzman was arrested during an operation

Police also recovered weapons and drugs during the operation.

The 24-year-old is considered narco royalty, as the eldest son of Mexican drug baron Alfredo Beltran Leyva, aka ‘El Mochomo’ currently imprisoned in the U.S. after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges earlier this year.

Alfredo, along with his brothers Arturo and Hector, founded the powerful drug cartel, the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO).

Additionally, his grandfather Emilio Bustillo Guzman is the half-brother Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, who is currently awaiting extradition to the United States at a prison just outside Ciudad-Juarez.

The younger Beltrán-Guzman is the son of Alfredo Beltran-Leyva (top left) and also the nephew of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman (bottom)

Mexican officials say Alfredo Beltrán Guzman is one of the primary facilitators behind a war between the BLO and Sinaloa cartel, which has led to a wave of violence that has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of families in the mountainous region of Badiraguato, Sinaloa.

Despite the Sinaloa cartel’s dominance over twelve municipalities in Sinaloa, ‘El Mochomito’ allied with Isidro ‘El Chapo’ Meza Flores, the feared leader of a BLO faction called Los Mazatlecos, still maintains a presence in the state.

The group controls five municipalities in the northern region of Sinaloa including Guasave, El Fuerte, Sinaloa de Leyva, Ahome, Choix, and also territories in Baja California.

Isidro Meza Flores, alias El Chapo Isidro.

Moreover, senior Mexican officials believe that the young Beltrán joined in an alliance with the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), with the intention of mounting a hostile takeover of smuggling routes into the U.S. controlled by the Sinaloa cartel in the state of Sinaloa and Baja California Sur.

Authorities believe the alliance was responsible for the attack in El Chapo’s hometown of La Tuna, which saw dozens of armed sicarios ransack the home of his elderly mother back in June.

The challenge also placed ‘El Mochomito,’ in a confrontation with another pair of narco-juniors, his cousins Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the sons of ‘El Chapo,’ who have both assumed leadership positions within their father’s criminal organization.

Beltrán Guzman was also behind the August kidnapping of Ivan Archivaldo (right) and Jesus Alfredo Guzman-Salazar (left), the sons of ‘El Chapo’ in Puerto Vallarta

According to Mexico’s biggest new agency, El Universallaw enforcement officials have since attributed Beltrán, Meza Flores, and the CJNG with the brazen kidnapping of the sons of El Chapo from a restaurant in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, back on August 15th.

The Guzman brothers were released after a week in captivity following tense negotiations between top leaders of the Sinaloa cartel and the CJNG.

The spiraling violence unleashed by ‘El Mochomito’ and his allies prompted authorities in Mexico to make his capture a top priority.

Sales Heredia mobilized an elite special investigative unit to track down the young drug lord.

According to El Debate, intelligence reports indicated Beltrán Guzman had established his headquarters in Culiacan.

However, the sustained effort to track down and arrest Beltrán eventually forced him to move to the city of Guadalajara to evade the police dragnet, but was ultimately arrested which ended his short career in the drug trade.

The top CNS official said Alfredo Beltrán Guzman was handed over to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office for processing and interrogation.

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